Gert Sibande TVET rolls out campaign


Gert Sibande TVET College accompanied by the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mduduzi Manana,recently rolled out the Decade of the Artisan advocacy campaign.
This campaign took place from 23 to 24 March at Graceland and Gert Sibande College.
Deputy Minister, of Higher Education and Training, Mduduzi Manana, together with the college’s management team met with employers of the hospitality sector at the college central office, employers of the electrical engineering sector at Eskom power station and employers of the Engineering and Automative sectors at Graceland Casino to encourage college-employer partnerships on the first day of the campaign.
The college CEO, Nick Balkrishen gave an overview of the college programmes and the rationale behind college-employer partnerships.
He also emphasised the need for employers to avail their workplaces as training spaces for artisan learners and for lecturers to be exposed to latest technologies so that the training provided by the college is relevant and responsive to the needs of the employers.
More than 1 200 pupils from local high schools attended the launch of the campaign on the second day (24 March) at the Gert Sibande College campus in Standerton.
The Deputy Minister addressed the pupils and his theme was “It’s cool to be a 21st century artisan”.
The purpose of the day was to provide information about the TVET college sector and the importance of artisans in South Africa.
According to the Deputy Minister, South Africa is currently producing about 16 000 artisans per year while the National Development Plan has a target of 30 000 artisans per year for the year 2030.
Pupils had the opportunity to visit exhibition stands from 18 companies where various artisan trades, ranging from motor mechanics to electricians, were on display.
The event was sponsored by the Chemical Industries Education & Training Authority (CHIETA).


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